We managed to pull off a bit of a coup at Breaking Bio (again!), having snagged Professor Marlene Zuk to chat with us about her popular science writing, research on rapid evolution, and – of course – crickets! Thanks to Bug Girl’s slot over at Wired Blogs, you can also read more there, or simply watch the podcast below. Remember, if you don’t want to see our faces, subscribe to the podcast via iTunes!
And, if you want to see the kind of selection pressures that are causing the spread of the silent-wing mutation in these crickets, check out the video below (courtesy of Nathan Bailey):
John runs a rather wonderful herpetology website called ‘Reptile Apartment‘, and is a really nice, knowledgeable guy with a pretty ridiculous thirst for knowledge. As most of his fanbase are reptile owners who just use crickets (and other orthopterans) as feeder snacks for their pets, we thought it would be cool to discuss some more interesting aspects of their behaviour, as well as how they are being used to help us learn more about evolution and the natural world. It was great fun, so I hope people listen and enjoy!
For those that have arrived here after listening to the podcast and are interested to find out more, here are a few links to some of the items we discussed: